Gale Crater landscape, Mars

Gale Crater landscape, Mars

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Caption: Gale Crater landscape, as imaged by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars. This rover, part of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission, landed here on 6 August 2012. The view looks south-south-west. In the foreground is an area of gravel, followed by a swale (depression), then the boulder-strewn rim (red-brown) of a moderately-sized impact crater. In the distance are dark dunes and layered rock at the base of Mount Sharp. The horizon is just over 16 kilometres away. Image obtained on 23 August 2012 by the 100mm Mast Camera. For the 34mm Mast Camera view, see C014/4934. For a closer view of Mount Sharp, see C014/4936.

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